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Huszár 717, Pohl 216-13, Unger 562m, Réthy II 235A, Kaplan Subtype B
Hungary. Matthias "Corvinus" (Mtys Hunyadi in Hun.) (1458-1490). AR denar.

Obv: M MAThIE R VnGARE, Four-part shield with Hungarian arms (rpdian stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion), raven in center.

Rev: PATROn VnGARE, Veiled Madonna with infant Jesus to her right, ncrossed hammers (privy mark) in fields.

The type was struck 1468-1470 (per Unger), 1468-1481 (per Huszr) or 1468-1484 (per Pohl), with an average fineness of approximately .500 silver, and an average weight of .59023 g.
Those with this privy mark were struck in Nagybnya (now Baia Mare, Romania) under a collective citizenry mark in 1470 (per Pohl).

Huszr/Pohl rarity rating 3. It is a highly variable type with four Subtypes. Subtype B is one of the more common, comprising around 30% of the coins in the emission. This is a common privy mark, appearing only on this subtype and on almost 30% of the coins of this type.

Subtype B coins lack a cross at the beginning of the obverse legend, which is M MAThIE R VnGARIE (or a minor variant), either lack an escutcheon or have just faint hints of one, and are without a ring in the raven's beak. They are neither described nor depicted in any of the catalogs.

The heads of the Madonna and infant Jesus tend to be angled to the right on coins of this type with this privy mark. They also display a differently styled letter A than all others of the type.

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